allison is joining us from the new york stock exchange to talk a bit about this. allison, so the poverty rate dropped a fraction of a percent, right, from 15.1% to 15%. what does that mean? >> okay. so it doesn't sound like it's a lot, but, you know, it is a pretty decent drop. you know, when you look at the poverty rate overall, it has been rising since the recession started, and now you see it dip aing bit, but no doubt about it that 15%, it's still high. if any of you look at how the poverty rate has moved in the past 30 years, you see that it averaged about 13% since the census began tracking this. 11% was the low point. that was in the late 1990s. the good news is this little dip lower that we're talking about, it would be the beginning of a new trend for the better. you know, notice the small decline there at the far right side of the chart there. the poverty rate fell last year. it's not huge, but it is the first xwruchlt in four years. you know, hopefully, suzanne, that's going to continue. >> the experts actually expected that it was going to go up.